California Teacher Who Disclosed Details About Third-Grader to Media Gets Suspended

October 12, 2018 Updated: October 12, 2018

A California teacher who disclosed details about an aide to President Donald Trump when he was in the third grade has been suspended.

Nikki Fiske, 72, told the Hollywood Reporter details about Stephen Miller when the now-33-year-old was an 8-year-old in her class at Franklin Elementary School in Santa Monica.

She claimed that his behavior at the time concerned her and called him “a loner” who was “isolated and off by himself all the time.”

The article was widely lambasted as people questioned why a teacher would disclose details about any student to the press, much less a third-grader.


Fiske has been suspended and placed on home assignment as the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District decides if it will take any action against her for the disclosure, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The school district’s concern is “about her release of student information, including allegations that the release may not have complied with applicable laws and district policies,” district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker told the outlet. “This has been picked up by other digital publications and blogs, and some issues have been raised.”

According to federal law, it’s illegal to disclose education records of a student, which includes “Personal information such as a student’s identification code, social security number, picture, or other information that would make it easy to identify or locate a student.”

The Franklin Elementary School handbook states in its Anti-Bullying section that students should not bully others and should help those who are being bullied.

“Bullying is defined as repeated, intentional, and power-imbalanced behavior that makes other people feel uncomfortable or threatened. It can be physical, emotional, and/or cyber,” the handbook states.

Registered Democrat

Fiske is a registered Democrat who champions an array of progressive causes, according to her Facebook account.

Fiske, who hasn’t commented publicly since the publication of her interview, has posted in support of stricter gun control, halting the killing of dogs for meat in China, and a number of other issues on her page.

Her groups include Anti-Trump Army and Impeach Trump as well as Thank You Obama and Proud Liberals.

According to her page, which is set to private, she attended the Bronx High School before going to the City College of New York, Rutgers University, and Loyola Marymount University.

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